Hello all. Crazy times huh? As many theater people have experienced in the past few weeks, the Coronavirus situation took a toll last month on our opening of Puffs. While we were lucky enough to get one weekend, we sadly had to cancel our last several shows. While it’s of course disheartening that I didn’t get a full run with our new cast, I count myself very lucky to have not only gotten the show in front of some great crowds, but that I got to take the journey with so many amazing people at Wolf Pack Theatre Company.
However, bad news leaves room for good: I have a new film to share with you! Brought to you from the good people at Shrug Productions, please enjoy the full film How To Meet A Girl. This film was made for the World Film Challenge 2020 and we made it to a finalist screening, so I can’t say how proud I am of it and the crew involved. You can view it both here and on my videos page.
Hello all. As we rehearse our new version of Puffs with Wolf Pack Theatre Company, I’m happy to announce we have our tickets on sale! We open on February 27th and run for 3 weekends. If you want to come see us and give us all a big Puff Hug, you can get your tickets here. I’ll be posting more goodness as our opening draws near, but I wanted to at least share the link with everyone.
Hello friends! I’m super excited to announce that I will be returning as Wayne Hopkins in a new production of Puffs with Wolf Pack Theatre Company! I had the honor to play Wayne in the Washington DC debut of Puffs earlier this year and he’s one of my favorite characters I’ve had the privilege to inhabit. Make sure to keep posted to the site for performance dates and ticket information.
As Christmas comes just around the corner, our friends at Wolf Pack Theatre Company want you to join us for the second and final weekend of A Christmas Carol. And as an early gift to you, Thursday’s performance is pay what you can! Come with whatever you have in your pocket to enjoy our tribute to the Dickens classic. Dates are on my Calendar and you can buy tickets for our other performance dates here.
I’ve also added a few extra production photos in my Media center here. Enjoy, and hopefully I’ll see you at the show!
Hello all. Just wanted to celebrate tonight’s opening for A Christmas Carol with Wolf Pack Theatre with a production still sneak peak!
Do I sound as good as I look? You’ll have to come out for yourself to find out! Tickets are on sale at the door or here for only $10. Call it our Christmas gift to you. Hope to see you there!
Hi friends. I’m happy to announce I’ll be celebrating the holiday season this year with a new show! I’ll be joining Wolf Pack Theatre Company for the first time playing Young Scrooge in their production of A Christmas Carol! The show is perfect for all ages and audiences and will hopefully bring you a bit of Christmas cheer. We open on December 13th and run for two weekends with double shows on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased here. Hope to see you all there, and Happy Holidays to all!
Hello all. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted an update on my site here. While I have been adding a few things here and there on the site, I didn’t seem necessary to add a whole new update. But in the time since my goodbye to Bobby Heenan, I’ve been doing some film work with Shrug Productions (Extra Shiny and Buzz now available in my videos section) and was fortunate enough to be featured in the Washington DC regional premiere of Puffs with Landless Theatre Company. I’ve included new pictures, videos, reviews and other goodies that you can find in the links in the top bar. More fun stuff is in the works, so hopefully I can post more news as it comes.
Don’t worry, I’ll make sure we don’t wait such a long stretch before we see each other again.
On Sunday, the world lost the greatest manager and color commentator in the history of professional wrestling: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. If you’ve paid attention to my Facebook or Twitter feed, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a fan of the business. However, I can say without question that no other person in wrestling and very few in the world of comedy and acting have had as drastic an impression on my life as “The Brain”. I’ve written a new blog post (the first in years, how about that?) about just what Bobby meant to me. If you’re at all curious, or if you’re a fan of Bobby yourself, take a few minutes to give it a read here. I hope it comes off as a fitting tribute from a lowly humanoid to an icon.
Hello friends. First of all, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who made it out to Silver Spring for our One Act Festival last weekend. We had a fantastic turn out and some very energetic crowds. Always proud and happy to perform for my friends and family. To close out the great weekend, I’m happy to share some pictures and a review from the show. First of all, here’s a few pictures that were taken by the talented Harvey Levine:
You can check out the rest of the pictures from Six Seven Three Twenty and Alternate Theory, along with pictures from all of my other shows, here on my Photos page.
I’m also proud to share a nice write-up we got from DC Metro Theater Arts for our weekend. Here’s an excerpt:
“Adam Adkins plays Mike O’Sullivan, the assistant to it seems everyone and is probably the most likable character. Adkins hits the mark by straddling the fence between Gary and Doug and the Coach.”
Not a bad little nod. Feel free to read the full review here or view the rest of my press clippings here on my site. Also, the One Act Festival continues for the next two weekends. Not with me, sadly, but with many of my friends and fellow craftspeople. Please make sure to show your love and support by planning your trip to the festival here.
So that’s all for now, my dear friends. But make sure to come back and visit soon, as art never stops coming.
Tonight is the night: The opening of my two one act plays for the Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival. For tonight’s premiere, we’re offering a Pay What You Can performance. So come on by at 8 with whatever cash you have in your pockets and see my glorious return to the stage. In Six Seven Three Twenty, we go into the draft room of a struggling football team who are in the middle of an internal power struggle. Then, in Alternate Theory, we present a new darkly hilarious theory on the assassination of JFK. Both of these shows are a lot of fun and I’m excited to get them in front of an audience. For ticket details on the remaining weekend, please click here.
Hope to see you all there!
Hey gang. Just wanted to drop by and let you know about a new piece of press that my friend and journalist Peter Rouleau wrote for the upcoming Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival for the Sentinel. Here’s a snippet of my interview portion:
“‘After taking a break from acting for a few years, the Silver Spring One Act festival is a great reminder as to why I love this art so much,’ said local actor Adam R. Adkins, who appeared in the 2013 one-act festival. He has performed in and directed other productions for the company. ‘They’re a great group of people to work with and bringing new, original works to life is incredibly rewarding,’ Adkins said.”
In addition to the lovely write up, you can now purchase tickets for the festival by following this link. The tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but we also have a pay-what-you-can on Thursday night. We also have a Facebook event page here if that tickles your fancy.
Hope to see everyone there!
Hi gang. First of all, huge thanks to everyone who came out to see Welcome Home and the rest of the films for the 48 Hour Film Project. We had a great turnout and I saw a lot of familiar faces there giving their support to all of the fantastic entries in the festival. Time will tell if we snag any well-deserved awards, but until then, I’m happy to announce that Shrug Productions has posted the full film on Youtube! In case you weren’t able to make it to the premiere on Saturday, please enjoy the video below. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
I’ll be back later this week with some more updates, but until then, enjoy the film!
Two posts in two days? What kind of madness is this?!
Well, I just wanted to pop by because Shrug Productions just released a movie poster for our upcoming film Welcome Home and it’s amazing.
I can’t wait to see this on the big screen. Welcome Home premiers Saturday July 15th at 7:30 at the AFI, as part of the 48 Hour Film Festival. Make sure to purchase your tickets here and come say hi after the film.
See you there!
Hello Friends. It’s been a minute since I’ve updated my site here. In fact, it’s been over two years. How many minutes is that exactly? 60x24x…I don’t know, I already lost interest. But it’s been quite a while, anyway.
Theater has been my passion for over a decade. However, no matter how much you love something, you sometimes need a break. After doing 10 projects within a year (including directing 3 of them), I officially suffered burn out. For the first time in a long time, I needed to put a little distance between myself and performing. Within that time I did occasional staged readings and smaller projects, but mostly my time was filled with nights to myself and hiking on the weekends.
However, I’m happy to say that I’m officially back in business.
To celebrate my return, I’ve made some long-needed updates to my website. I’ve entirely redone my Pictures and added new ones from more recent shows, including new headshots. I also updated my Videos page with a lot of new content from various projects with Molotov Theatre Group and some promotional voice overs I recorded for the company Feith. The Bios and Resumés have also been brought up to date with the occasional projects I was involved in within the past few years. And as you can see from above, I finally updated my website banner image to something more current. The hair and goatee has been transformed to a beard and a freshly shaved head.
Along with the site updates, I’m proud to announce the projects that have brought me back to performing. Firstly, this Saturday at 7:30 is the screening for the 48 Hour Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to work with Shrug Productions on a short called Welcome Home, which will be premiering at the festival. In it I play an assassin who moves into his new apartment, only to be haunted by the ghosts of his past. Tickets can be purchased here for the one-night-only showing.
After that, I’ll be back on the stage as part of Silver Spring Stage’s One Act Festival. I was fortunate enough to work on this project a few years ago with Brian M. Doyle’s The Navigator, which netted me an acting award from the festival. This time I’m doing two shows in the same night. I’ll be doing another Brian M. Doyle play called Alternate Theory, which takes a different view of the JFK Assassination. On the same night, I will also be performing in Jacy D’Aituolo’s play Six Seven Three Twenty which takes a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling football team on draft day. Both plays are a lot of fun and I’m excited to get them in front of an audience. As soon as tickets come available, I’ll make sure to post the link. You can find more information, as well as time and dates, on my Calendar page.
So that’s all for now. It’s great to be back doing what I love and keeping you all informed on this site. Hopefully I’ll have more fun stuff to update this site with soon, so make sure to check back when you can.
Until then, see you from the stage.
Hello dear readers. I’m happy to share a little Margins hype with you today. Yesterday the very talented Kristin Jackman stopped by our rehearsal in order to take some promo shots for us. I picked out a choice few that I enjoyed the most and put them on my Pictures page. Please feel free to visit and give the album a look. But just to wet your whistle, check out a sample shot below.
That’s a mean looking crew of ghost hunters. Tickets are still on sale but going fast. Our last show, Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe, was sold out each night we performed. So I wouldn’t dilly dally with reserving your seats. Please visit our tickets page to order now. Or for the more frugal minded we still have some seats available for half-price on Goldstar.
Until the next update, in which I may have something else to get you excited…
The Margins Tickets Are On Sale, Brian Williams Video and Molotov’s Carolina Reaper Challenge This Thursday Night!
Hello dear readers. I have some good news that I want to share with everyone. First of all, I’m happy to announce that tickets for The Margins with Molotov Theatre Group are officially on sale! We just started rehearsals last week and this is going to be a good one. For more information, please feel free to check out my Calendar, our Facebook Event Page or our ticket site. Our last show, Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe, sold out for every single performance. We were turning them away at the door, so make sure that you get your tickets early.
Secondly, this Thursday will be the Molotov Carolina Reaper Challenge & Film Screening. Company members Alex & Yoni will be eating two (yes, two) Carolina Reapers while we mess with them. We will also be screening the Vincent Price classic House on Haunted Hill and holding our own Iron Stomach Challenge, where you can step up and see if you have what it takes to consume a Ghost Pepper, the hottest naturally occurring pepper in the world. This is my first event as Molotov’s Special Event Coordinator and I’m incredibly excited for this. Make sure to check out our Indiegogo campaign and our Facebook event to see how you can be a part of this insane night. Keep in mind, we’re only $300 away from me doing something terrible to myself that night as well. So keep those donations coming!
Finally, I recently shot a short web video with local filmmakers Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim about the Brian Williams controversy. It turns out that this has opened the door for a lot of other newscasters out there to admit to their mistakes. Take a look at the video below to see yours truly apologize for his gaffs, and check out my Videos page to see the rest of my blunders.
Hello friends. I’m happy to announce that as Molotov Theatre Group’s Special Event Coordinator, we finally have a date and time set for our next fundraiser! The first in a series of our Screenings, Stunts & Spirits series, we will be hosting a movie night and pepper eating challenge on February 26th at Johnny Pistolas starting at 7:00 pm. At the event, we’ll be having our members Alex Zavistovich and Yoni Gray eating the hottest pepper on the planet: The Carolina Reaper. How long they go without relief depends on how much money we raise. We only launched the event 2 days ago and we’ve already raised $698! That means that they’ll be going a whole ten minutes before they get sweet satisfaction. And if we reach our goal of $1000, they’ll eat another pepper at that ten minute mark! We’re already planning stretch goals, so keep an eye out for whatever dumb and painful stuff we can have these guys do.
We will also be hosting our Iron Stomach challenge. If you think you have what it takes, a $20 donation at the door will get you entered into a competition with eating a Ghost Pepper. Whoever goes the longest without relief will win a Molotov Prize Pack including two tickets to The Margins running through April.
Finally, the night will close with a screening of the Vincent Price classic House on Haunted Hill. The classic ghost story will get everyone in the mood for our own ghost story The Margins.
Tickets are Pay What You Can at the door with a suggest donation of $20. All the proceeds will be going to Molotov Theatre Group in order to continue to bring you awesome theater and dumb stunts like this.
To donate to this worthy cause, please visit the Indiegogo page. Or to mark the date and time of the event, please visit my Calendar page or check out our Facebook event. Hope to see you there! But in the meantime, enjoy our promo video:
Two blog posts in a matter of weeks? What can I say, I have time. Today’s post is about a subject that’s near and dear to anyone’s heart who lives around the DC Metro area. No, not the State of the Union or why or Chinatown is only one block. I’m talking about our fine Metro system! I realize outsiders traveling to our fair city are likely puzzled by our unique system, so I thought I would help everyone out with a Beginner’s Guide. If you need to know how to tackle that escalator or curious as to why your cell phone doesn’t work in the tunnel, please check it out here! Feel free to send some feedback, share it around, etc. I write these for you. And my boredom. But mainly for my boredom.
While you’re at it, make sure to check out my other blog posts dedicated to the underlying depression found in terrible snack foods, why men fear feminists and the quality of Hulk Hogan cartoons. I promise you, I’m quite clever.
Also as a sidebar, I took the time to reformat each of these blog posts to make them easier to read. You’re nice enough to read this drivel, you don’t deserve eye strain on top of it. Right?
After more than 6 months of silence, I’m happy to say that I was finally able to get the time to write a new blog post. This is much lighter than my last one about #YesAllWomen (though considering how the world has been shaping for the past few months, don’t be shocked if another semi-serious one comes around). This isn’t about violence or sexism or racism. No, this jolly post is about despair. Specifically, it’s about the existential despair found in terrible snack foods.
The Dali Lama once said “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” This is further proof that the Dali Lama has never eaten food from a 7-11. To read about my soul’s wrestling match with insulting snack flavors, click here!
Feel free to read, comment, share, what have you. And please, do enjoy my misery. If enough people enjoy it, maybe I’ll write about something else I put in my mouth. Also, if you haven’t before, make sure to read my posts about why men are so defensive about misogyny and a terrible wrestling cartoon from the 80’s. I promise you, they’re quite good.
Hello all. Just wanted to give a quick update from a little bit of awesomeness.
For the past few weeks DC Metro Theater Arts has been listing their picks for the Best of 2014, and there have been honors for both Nightfall and God of Carnage. Specifically actors Elliot Kashner, Jen Bevan, Stacy Whittle & director Mark Kaime have been listed for Nightfall and my entire cast for God of Carnage (Alyssa Sanders, Andy Greenleaf, Bob Harbaum & Lauren Kieler) have all been specifically mentioned. And I’m happy to say that I got my own listing as one of the Best Directors of 2014 for God of Carnage! A huge thanks again to my cast, producer/stage manager Bob Scott, my designers Star Johnson & Nathaniel Collard and Silver Spring Stage. Feel free to read it yourself here or check out the rest of the reviews for God of Carnage and Nightfall here.
Until next time, kids.
Hello friends. Another year has ended and I couldn’t have possibly been busier. Throughout 2014 I performed in 5 plays (Morning, Miranda, The Narrow Gate, Saving Private Poo, Nightfall and A Klingon Christmas Carol) and directed 4 more (God of Carnage, The Scottish Detective, Cosmetic Consciousness and Gallery). I got to do some more background work for Veep, filmed some industrials with FJC Media, shot a short film and joined Molotov Theatre Group as their Special Events Coordinator and a company member. All in all, it’s been an excitingly exhausting year and I’m proud of everything and everyone I’ve gotten to work with. However, as the year closes, we look forward to 2015 with a brand new project. The Margins will be debuting with Molotov in April. The story centers around a group of psychics who are brought together to create a spirit, similar to the famous Phillip Experiment in the 1970s. However, once they bring their powers together, they discover that their creation is stronger than even they can imagine. It’s a creepy script, likely made all the creepier by us at Molotov. Expect some splatter with this one, kids. For more information, check out Molotov’s page here.
I also have a bit of a site update, as I was finally able to add pictures from both Nightfall and Saving Private Poo. Both sets came out pretty awesomely and you can check them out on my Pictures page here. Here’s just a little sample:
Why yes, I am insane. Thank you so much for asking.
That’s about all for now, my dear readers. In the meantime, make sure to mark your calendars for The Margins, and hopefully I’ll see you there.
Great news for us Molotov Theatre Group people: Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe has been Helen Hayes recommended! That’s pretty awesome news. Almost as awesome as all of the great press and audience feedback we’ve received. Here’s a snippet of our review from DC Theater Metro Arts:
“Adam R. Adkins plays the aloof Roderick Usher. His spooky charm and excellent mad laugh deserves kudos. Adkins also has the tongue-in-cheek style of performance down pat.”
Well, I can certainly play a convincing psychopath. Feel free to read the rest of the review here or check out all of my mentions on my Press page. If you’re planning on joining us for our next two weekends, make sure to get your tickets soon. Every show we’ve had so far has either been sold out or damn near close. Reserve your tickets at Molotov’s website here.
Finally, I’m happy to announce that I got the chance again yesterday to shoot with HBO’s Veep. I always have a great time whenever I get the chance to shoot for that show and yesterday was no different. There’s some big surprises that I can’t talk about in Season 4 that I can’t wait for people to see. I’ll make sure to be keeping everyone updated on when you can spot me behind some big names coming up soon. Until then, see you at Nightfall!
Another closing, another show. Last night marked the closing night of the 2014 Hope Operas and specifically my show The Scottish Detective. A huge thanks to Amy Baska, Steve Custer, Devin Gaither, Bethanie Harmon, Eric Swartz and my entire cast for all of their dedication and hard work. The Hope Operas is always a fun time and I’m glad that I could be involved again this year with such a great cause.
Along with those closing statements, I’m happy to announce some new additions to the website! Firstly, I’ve added a couple of videos over at my Videos page. Included is a scene from a recent industrial film I shot with FJC Media and a documentary I shot and edited about my father’s 5 day hitchhike across the country back in 1979. You can see them both below, or at my Videos page here:
Along with new videos, I also have updated resumés for both my acting and directing. They can be viewed on my Resumé & Bio page here.
That’s about all for now. Tech week starts on Sunday for Molotov’s production of Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe. Tickets are already selling impressively quickly, so make sure to reserve yours here. See you at the theater!
God of Carnage Closes, The Scottish Detective Runs Through October & a Trailer and Tickets For Nightfall!
Things continue to roll along, friends. First of all, let’s start with the past. Two weeks ago was the closing night performance of God of Carnage. The entire process was an absolute pleasure and I couldn’t have asked for a better cast and crew through the process. Much gratitude goes to Silver Spring Stage for giving me the opportunity to strut my stuff to very receptive audiences. I can’t wait for my next project with them, whatever it may be.
Next, let’s move on to the present. The Scottish Detective is currently running every Monday night for The Hope Operas. We placed 4th in the first weekend and 3rd in the second. Therefore, logically, we should have the top spot by the final weekend. Come see five shows (specifically The Scottish Detectve of course) all fight for your votes, with a brand new episode tonight. Plus, all the money goes to charity! Seriously, I can’t possibly make this sound better. For more information, please visit their website here.
Finally, let’s look to the future. Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe is currently in rehearsals. We’re bringing four of Poe’s most famous tales of the macabre to the stage for you starting November 6th, and tickets are already selling out quickly. That’s not just promotion, either. We’ve already sold well over a hundred tickets and we’re still weeks away. So make sure to reserve yours at Moltov’s website here. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a trailer for the show. Hope to see you there.